The reason we are exiles is because our kingdom is not of this time and not of this place. The reason that the world hates us is because it is not eternal but temporal. If we glorify God, which is our command, we will make them seethe. We meet as a community, as God’s people, and there is a limit to how much can be done by distance. The Anglicans and liturgists are worrying about this, perhaps overmuch.
Matter matters to God. (Until this question came up about remote consecration) sacraments and sacramental actions in Christian spirituality are physical; they require physical presence. Can baptism happen virtually? Can a person in isolation pour water over him/herself while someone else pronounces the baptismal words on a screen? Can marriage happen virtually? Can a couple in isolation be married by Zoom? [NB – the State says No]
Boscoe Peters, Liturgy
Since I’m on the iconoclastic end of the spectrum when it comes to worship, I would add that you can strip what is needed for communion down to very little. You will need to sneak some bread and wine past the Halal monitors, and meet, offending the Karens of the lockdown.
Kids throwing a football around in a park are not “the reason we are in this situation,” but the lockdown mentality appeals to the Karens of the world, who can’t stand to see anyone having fun.
The Other McCain
But that is immaterial. They do not set the rules in the kingdom of God. Nor does our converged and craven clerisy. Christ does.
9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
11 Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. 12 Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honourable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.
English Standard Version
Yes, we are a priesthood, a holy nation, a chosen people. This means we will be hated, and the world will try to get us trapped and enslaved again. It is easy, all to easy, to fall into vice, and let your emotions rule you: be they lust, fear, greed or envy. My government uses all four — tolerating and approving of certain vices but trying to regulate and remove honest and Godly behaviour. In particular, they are frightened we will meet.
Because those conversations will be organic, analogue, and material. The spirit will work through them. They will not be electronic, all so easily censored and de-platformed.
But we are not of this elite. We should not be part of them.